35 Burst results for "Britney Griner"
Brittney Griner Transferred to Penal Colony Outside Moscow, Lawyers Say
"WNBA star Brittany greiner's begun serving a drug conviction Senate in a Russian penal colony I Norman hall According to her lawyers and agent Brittany griner has been relocated to a penal colony in mordovia about 210 miles east of Moscow a statement from the attorney says she is doing as well as could be expected in trying to stay strong as she adopts to a new environment A Russian court rejected an appeal of her Senate's last month the 8 time all star center with the double the NBA's Phoenix mercury and a two time Olympic gold medalist was convicted August 4th at the police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage I Norman hall
Brittney Griner Is Being Moved to Penal Colony, Lawyers Say
"Basketball star Brittany griner has been sent to a penal colony in Russia to serve her sentence for drug possession Grind is legal team says she left a detention center on November 4 for a penal colony a common type of Russian prison where detainees work for minimal pay Her lawyers say they did not know exactly where she was or where she would end up with expected to be notified when she reached her final destination such transfers can take days the 8 time all star center with WNBA's Phoenix mercury and a two time Olympic gold medalist was convicted August 4 after police say they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow's main airport I'm Charles De
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"Very clear that Brittany griner is a political pawn in a larger game and whether that game is chess or something far more chaotic. We don't yet know, but man, TJ, I'm just curious what Britney's camp has said about all the things we've just discussed at this point. I think you and I talked about this a long time ago that, you know, when it comes to a situation like this, it's the old metaphor of, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon, goes out the window. It's not a marathon. It's an ultra marathon, or at least you have to be prepared for one. It is there are these, you know, it is typical for cases like this for there to be these peaks and troughs of hope and despair. And the advice to the families who are living through it and to the people who were locked up abroad is you just have to take it a day at a time, write it out. Because you're going to have moments where suddenly your hope is up and just like it was the case after her conviction. Russia had kept saying all along, we're not going to negotiate. We're not going to do anything until the trial plays out. It was important for Russia to present this as a legitimate legal proceeding, both for a domestic audience to show, hey, this is still a legitimate government. And internationally, they kind of go through this kabuki. You and I can't go too long without throwing that word in somewhere. That's right. Again, this pretense that it's legitimate process. And there's just no objective way to say that it is. They've been willing to trade her since very early on. And as soon as you put a price on somebody, it's no longer jurisprudence. Now it's now it is a hostage negotiation. So there was some hope when she was convicted that, okay, we've been through the process, now Russia can deal.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"Other side of Russia as it comes to all of the geopolitical conflicts going on in Ukraine right now. Exactly. And Putin would be very eager to fracture any alliances with a NATO. He wants to we can resolve and especially in Western Europe, where people were still dependent on Russian oil. And part of the whole Russian playbook is sowing chaos and other places. That's why you have the bot farms. That's why you have moves like this, potentially, anyway. So the U.S. has said, okay, we're not willing to, we're not willing to trade a guy we don't have. So clearly there's a line someplace that The White House has said, at least to this point, we're not going to go pressure. Essentially, we're not going to go ask Germany for him. So there's a limit to what they'll do, but they've said we're willing to trade someone like Victor boot who is 14 years into a 25 year sentence. The merchant of death, as we have called him and many have called him elsewhere, yeah. Right, although speaking to somebody in Russia, not longer they said, they feel like that's kind of an American media creation that he's not quite the folk hero over there. We've made him out to be, I don't know. Right. At arms dealer who has had a legend unto himself in literal movies at this point. Yeah, and whatever the specifics, whatever nickname you want to hang on him, there's a big difference between somebody doing a 25 year sentence for supporting terrorism and somebody who was busted with minimal amount of cannabis oil when she was entering the country.
US Officials Met With Brittney Griner, White House Says
"U.S. embassy officials in Moscow have visited jail WNBA star Brittany griner just weeks after a Russian court rejected her appeal I'm Ben Thomas with an update on the case Brittany griner is serving a 9 year sentence She was convicted of drug possession after Russian police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow's airport White House press secretary karine Jean Pierre U.S. embassy officials in Moscow were able to visit Brittany griner today We are told she is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances The State Department adds the official saw firsthand her to nasty and perseverance in the U.S. is pushing for her immediate release as well as that of Paul weyland He was sentenced in 2020 to 16 years in prison on espionage related charges he and his family say are bogus The White House says the U.S. has made a significant offer to resolve the cases
Russian court upholds Brittney Griner's 9-year prison sentence
"American basketball star Brittany griner loses her appeal with a Russian court upholding her 9 year prison sentence on drug possession Britney grinders please for leniency by a video from her prison cell on Tuesday went nowhere with the Russian court This is big very important takes in all of the states that were overlooked during the first quarter She spent her birthday last week in a penal colony and says it's taking a toll Very very stressful And very dramatic to my mental psyche Griner was convicted in August after Moscow police found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage at the airport She admitted to them but her lawyers presented a prescription The mission chief of the U.S. embassy in Moscow Elizabeth rod says they'll continue to fight for her The United States government considers
Russian court denies Brittney Griner's appeal, sending WNBA star to a penal colony for at least 8 years
"A Russian court is hearing an appeal by American basketball star Brittany griner against her 9 year prison sentence for drug possession The WNBA's Brittany griner was convicted August 4th after Russian police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at the airport in Moscow She was in the country to play for a Russian team in the off season Granny's not in court for the appeal hearing but taking part by a video from a prison cell at a penal colony Griner said she had inadvertently packed the canisters but had no criminal intent her defense team presented written statements that she had been prescribed cannabis to treat pain Meanwhile the Biden administration has also offered a prisoner exchange but says it has not yet received a productive response from Russia
Steph Curry Says Britney Griner Was 'Wrongfully Convicted'
"I just don't understand why. Men are so weak these days. They just soft, man. They solve. I'm gonna get a stiff curry clip of him talking about Brittany griner. It's like, God just don't make me in like he used to. I don't know what. I don't know what didn't happen to me. They're so fake and soft and weak and weenie and wimpish and whatever you want to call it. They just whack, bro me and a whack. They don't have a spine. You are grown to me and told my Britney grind is wrongfully held up. She pled guilty fool, where you been in. She played guilty. Just say we want her home. You ain't got a lot on her. You ain't got she's wrongfully held in prison. You can say it's unfortunate, we want her back. Russia, can y'all make a concession for us? We really need her to be back home. Don't lie and say that the girl is being wrongfully held. Because what this does is it inspires the stupidity in the minds of other young people that are watching because somehow they think the big boogie bad Russia has just confiscated this Bigfoot woman and got her incarcerated for no reason. They just made it up. And young people don't realize that there's consequences for your actions. How about they tell them what Britney did. So they don't go do the same thing. But you know, you know, these people can't be, they can't be honest about nothing.
Bobby J. Tatum Jr. Becomes Keller, TX First Black Fire Chief
"Let me give a special shout out I should have said this at the beginning of my show, special shout out to my father, Bobby J Tatum, junior for being selected hired in an impressive victory to becoming the first black bar chief of killer Texas. Why do I say the first black, right? Me, nor my father care about that. But I'm going to tell you why I say that. Because my father has been a tremendous influence. My father is a tremendous leader and he just killing the game. Going from the projects to retiring twice is chief of the fire department. Working his way up since he was like 18 to 19, he was a firefighter, our whole life. He still is a firefight. He's retired for like two years. And he came back. My father's a tremendous example and a great leader. And he did the work. He went and got his degree. I'm talking about he had a high school diploma. That's all he had when he joined the fire department. He went and got his bachelor's, went back and got his masters from Grand Canyon university. My dad had got all the training. He is leaps and bounds about every single chief in the whole United States of America. There's not one more qualified chief on the books and in practice is my father. That's why when he show up to interview, he dominate. That's why he went to kill her because he said, you know what? I don't want to sit on the couch no more. I want to go work again. He went to the interview and he was leaps and bounds above every single other candidate. And they hired him. Not because he's black, not because of a friend of action, because he's the doggone best. That's what it is.
Did You Really Care About George Floyd?
"Patrice colors buying $20 million houses and stuff. These people, these people, I hope that God deal with these people. But then George Floyd's family, where are y'all been, George Floyd, whole life? For y'all being? I'm not gonna get mad at his daughter because she's a little kid. But the baby mama, where y'all been when big Floyd was doing them drugs in the streets. Y'all didn't give a flying flip about him because he wasn't nobody to you. Maybe your baby daddy, but what would y'all worry out at when he was alive? How many of y'all was checking on him? According to Candace documentary, his roommates said, since the father, 8 years of some he was living in the house, they haven't seen a single-family member. Come over George because see how George Floyd with George Floyd was doing. They ain't nobody came to this house and see how he was doing. And checked on him and cared about him. Enough to see him physically. They never seen nobody. Mama, daddy, cousin. Everybody want money right now. They ain't seen them. Ain't seen liquor. And now Kanye West, you know, a lot of people talk about George Floyd. But when Kanye West do it, another black man, y'all suing. Ain't that funny? Is it that funny? I haven't seen them file a lawsuit against nobody, but Kanye West. Because they know he got money and he another brother and y'all want to sue another brother. Ain't that funny. Black Lives Matter don't you want to sue the only black man is talk about you want to sue him. I don't know why they I don't know why people being fake. Man, of course, it's a money grab. You can get 250 million. I mean, you can carry nothing about George Floyd. I mean, his life is more valuable, dead than he was alive. Unfortunately, nobody knew about George Floyd in and out of prison. Nobody cared about him. And he dies and he gets 5 funerals, a gold casket, during COVID, he got a Plaza where they killing people at, they still thugging in his Plaza, killing each other in the Plaza where George Floyd names on. The autonomous zone.
Kanye West Claims George Floyd Died of Fentanyl Overdose
"George Floyd's family is now suing Kanye West for $250 million over. They say flagrant remarks about his death. Now, I didn't hear all of Kanye's remarks, just like I don't hear all of his anti semitic remarks that people are saying are inside semitic. I haven't heard them. Listen to them. But I haven't heard all of his comments on George Floyd. But I heard a clip of it, and he said that George Floyd actually died from fentanyl. How is debt defamatory? His opinion aligns with the defense. Of Chauvin. You know, the defense team argued, they brought in experts that argued that George Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose. Just because the jury cited with George Floyd side, don't mean that the defense wasn't, didn't have accuracy and facts in it. How can you give a fact pattern consistent with the defense team and somehow you get defamatory defamatory lawsuit?
Is Kanye West Anti-Semitic?
"I want to first of all talk about this Kanye West thing. You know, it's very, it's very weird to me, right? Because I don't know if people are aware it is, I'm sure most of you guys are, I'm new to politics, so I'm not aware of none of this stuff. There's this floating sentiment of people who have certain opinions about Jews like a conspiracy that believes that Jews are running the world and they're doing all this stuff. So I'm starting to find out that there's people that have this sentiment. They hold this idea that these things are true. Now I'm not here to say if they write around, I have no idea. I don't follow none of this stuff. But what I'm saying is that I'm finding out that there's sectors. There's not sectors. It was the word I'm looking for. Factions. There's factions that believe this and don't, and I feel like Kanye West is in the faction that believes that there is somewhat of a conspiracy of Jews against him. Now, this is where I'm just, I don't understand. I need your help listeners. I need you guys to help me understand this. I don't understand why people are jumping so quick to say that Kanye is anti semitic. I don't understand it. And I'm asking for your help to understand. I think that the things that he say a person could argue their own and maybe you disagree with him, I mean, he's saying that certain Jewish people that he know are collaborating against each together to do something against him. But he's also saying that he don't have a problem with all Jews. Just these Jews. And I'm not saying what he's saying is right or wrong. You know, I don't have a dog in the fight. But what I'm saying is that people are starting to throw this anti semitic word around, just like they're doing these other words. Like homophobic and transphobic and xenophobic and what is the one, if you're a misogynist, you're a misogynistic. People just throw these words around and I don't understand. I really don't.
Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for Oct. 25
"A WNBA star will be allowed to appeal her prison sentence in Russia for drug possession A Russian court has set October 25th as the date for the appeal by Brittany griner who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison Griner was convicted in August after police say they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow's airport Griner admitted she had the canisters but testified she had inadvertently packed them saying she had no criminal intent Her defense team says she had been prescribed cannabis to treat pain Her arrest in February came as griner was returning to Russia where she played during the WNBA off season I'm Mike Hempen
Ric Grenell Discusses Brittney Griner and Prison Transfers
"Rick walk us through how prisoner transfers usually usually work. Brittany griner goes to Russia with drugs, shouldn't have done that. She's a fellow American despite the fact she hates America. She kneels during the national anthem. Under a normal administration, I believe Britney would already be home. We saw that with the ball brother with Lamar, I get them all confused. When Trump got these prisoners home, but now it seems as if we're doing this elaborate prisoner swap with the merchant of death, how do prisoner swaps usually work and why is this so outrageous what we're entertaining right now? Well, I think the first thing to say is that the State Department has a whole bureau that deals with this detained Americans. And you know, it's a very, very slow process. If you commit a crime in another country, we usually let the other country kind of go through the machinations of its illegal process. We demand access, there's consular affairs individuals, Americans working overseas in the embassies who will go see the Americans detained. It's a very slow process and we try not to jump forward on legal processes. But there are times when detaining detained American is so outrageous that the political types and usually the NSC or The White House jump in and say this is unacceptable. We're not waiting. We're going to get you home
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
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"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"What makes him the merchant of death, it's such a incredible, powerful and horrifying title, was he wildly successful in comparison to other arms dealers around the world? Oh, without question. He could move this stuff and drop it with pinpoint accuracy to any desert to any jungle to any other remote place in the world right into the hands of what I refer to as the potpourri of global scum. Many people could sell you lots of AK-47s across Africa. I was living there in the times of the war and covering the wars. It wasn't hard to acquire crappy old Soviet weapons. It wasn't hard to acquire a few hand grenades. But what Victor boot brought to the table was the ability to deliver attack helicopters. Deliver anti tank weapons that could be fired through entire villages and burn a village down with one shot. The fact that you could bring in high caliber machine guns. Rocket propelled grenades, no one else could do that. After the wall came down, $32 billion worth of arms were stolen and resold from Ukraine alone. One of the greatest heists of the 20th century. The primary market was Africa. 11 major complex involving 32 countries in less than a decade, a gun runner's wet dream. And so as he built his reputation, both sides of the same conflict would hire him on numerous occasions. So in what was then Zaire, you had mu Bhutto, the dictator who had been there a long time being chased out of office by Laurent Kabila's forces sweeping across the DRC and Victor was selling weapons to both sides and while Kabila's forces were trying to kill mobuto literally as he was fleeing the country. He flew out of the country on Victor boots aircraft. So he had armed the people who were trying to shoot down his own airplane. And the president and that's what made him so incredibly successful was that he could do all of that. And one of the questions I asked in my co author asked a lot of people, why did both sides tolerate this? Why didn't someone kill him? And there was like, well, you don't kill the mailman. Bleak. He's the one person who could deliver. You just don't kill the mailman. Like, are you stupid? And I was like, well, maybe I may be I am, but that was consistently the answer he did what he said he would do at the price he said he would do it at. And that made him unusually successful. Who was his supplier this whole time? Is it just Russia? It was the entire former Soviet bloc where all of these arsenals had been abandoned. Ukraine wasn't the only former state with an unpaid army in stockpiles of guns. There was Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus. All there for the taking. So if someone showed up and paid the commander a $1000 and said, I'll take this load of weapons out. Thank you very much. Fine. And most of the Soviet era, major arsenals had air strips built into their facilities. So he could land there, load up and fly out, and it was apparently a relatively easy process. It sounds like he did a lot of dirty deeds. Especially on the continents of Africa, does his involvement in them play a central role in accelerating the conflict or accelerating the end of the conflict. How important a player is he in these conflicts? Is ability to supply weapons to some of the worst warlords on the planet was, I think, transformational for those wars. Elevating bloody conflicts from machetes and single shot rifles to. AK-47s, not by the thousands, but by the tens of thousands. When these wars started, most people had hunting rifles and machetes, and they were nasty and they were hellacious, but when you add AK-47s and light anti tank weapons and RPGs, obviously the human toll escalates dramatically. He transformed these young adolescent warriors into
"brittney griner" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"WNBA's Brittany griner convicted at drug trial in Russia and sentenced to 9 years. By Jim heintz of The Associated Press in Kim ki Russia. U.S. basketball star Brittany griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to 9 years in prison, following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine and could lead to a high stakes prisoner exchange between the two world powers. The 31 year old griner, a two time U.S. Olympic champion and an 8 time all star with the WNBA's Phoenix mercury listened with a blank expression as an interpreter translated the verdict by judge Anna sotnikova. The judge also find her 1 million rubles about $16,700. U.S. president and Joe Biden denounced the verdict and sentence as unacceptable. I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, Friends, and teammates Biden said, adding that he would continue to work to bring home griner and Paul Whelan an American imprisoned in Russia on an espionage conviction. Outside the court, the U.S. embassy's charged affair, Elizabeth rood, called the verdict a miscarriage of justice. Before the unusually swift verdict was reached, an emotional grinder apologized to her family, teammates, and the Russian city of yekaterinburg, where she plays in the WNBA off season for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them with her voice cracking she added, I hope, in your ruling it does not end my life. A conviction is usually a prerequisite to arranging a prisoner exchange and also allows griner to apply for a presidential pardon. Deputy foreign minister Sergei raiba kov said last month that the necessary judicial procedures must be completed before any other steps can be taken. The disclosure in July that the U.S. government was seeking a prisoner swap involving griner, reflected the growing pressure on the Biden administration to do more to bring her home. The U.S. State Department had earlier declared griner to be wrongfully detained a charge that Russia has sharply rejected. Griner recognized as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, has been detained since February 17th after police said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage upon landing at Moscow's sheremetyevo airport. She was returning to Russia where she has competed since 2014. When she took the stand at her trial, July 7th, griner said, I would like to plead guilty on the charges against me, but I had no intention of breaking any Russian law.
Is Brittney Griner a 'Freedom Fighter'? It's Hard to Care...
"Well, somebody who's very uncool, but the left is trying to make cool Britney griner. They keep calling they keep calling our W, what's it the WNBA, the women or the WBA, maybe is what it is. I think the basketball player now. Right, right. That's WNBA. They keep calling our WNBA star. Oh, even though no one's really heard of her. But nevertheless, here on Time Magazine on the cover, Britney griner and the fight for freedom. Now what's the fight for freedom? She's been arrested in Russia for illegal drugs. And you know, I know when it comes to my own case, people love to go, will you pleaded guilty, didn't you? So, you know, what are you complaining about? You obviously deserve whatever penalty they gave you. Even if they locked you up for ten years because you pleaded guilty, well, Britney griner got 9 years or 9 and a half years. Well, you know what? She pleaded guilty. Uh oh. So. What's there to feel bad about? Yeah. Well, she probably gets treated better in prison than the January 6th defendants do. Well, you're making a profound point here, which is this. You know, this had happened 20 years ago, my reaction would have gone something like this. I would have said, you know, Britney griner needs to learn how great it is to live in America. When you're on some other country like Russia, you're not gonna get due process, you know, so, you know, here's a woman who's been taking a knee and sort of I don't know all these critiques of the founders and of America. Well, you know what? America's not so bad after all. That would have been my reaction, but this was actually not my reaction. With this case, my reaction was, frankly, they're trying to get me to be outraged and trying to get me to care. I don't care, you know? My reaction to this is basically snore. You know, why? Because this is happening and far worse in our own country.
Mall of America Locked Down After Shooting
"Breaking news developing right now in the mall of America is on lockdown due to a shooting. Now, I know some people would like to imagine that this is another active shooter situation with rifles so they can ban guns, but it seems like it's an isolated situation to be confirmed as an isolated situation according to the mall. There's a short video that they posted on Twitter that shows a man walking into the Nike store while shouting and a sound of three apparent gunshots can be heard. Danny, I don't know how this is probably not the person here. Danny raining 22 Minneapolis student was at the mall with friends when announcer came out. Okay, so I don't think that that was him. This probably was a witness. This person said that about 75 people were at the small room, they did not hear any gunshots fired, but saw people running away, the mall marked the 30th anniversary of his opening on August the 11th. And was placed on lockdown New Year's Eve last year when two people were shot during a fight. One man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and another was grazed. So right now it's developing, but it appears to be a isolated situation.
Breaking Down the Reason for the Britney Griner Conviction
"Brittany griner, her excuse was that she has medical marijuana and she decided or she accidentally left the marijuana in a bag because she was packing in an expedited fashion. She was rushing. And any man in America knows. Let me just explain it like this. Don't get mad at me. Women, they have a whole bunch of stuff to pack and they get crazy when they pack in all kinds of stuff. I can see how a woman can forget a vape pen or whatever in a luggage. However, Brittany griner is a man, or at least in her relationship she looked like the man in the other girl looked like a girl. So her masculinity makes me believe that she aligns more with men and you know men we ain't packing Harley anything. It's no way we gonna accidentally put a pen in there because we only got 5 shirts in three underwear. And we gone for a whole month. Women got makeup in there. And if they time them up correctly, they gotta put them things in there. And so you got a whole bunch of stuff that women are packing. But Brittany griner, she dressed like a dude. She acted like a dude. She's probably not packing that much stuff.
Britney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
"That's a lot of time to be in prison. And even just rounded up to ten years. I mean, that's a decade in prison. Britney green is probably in her late 20s. She's going to be 30 something when she get out of prison. And she's going to prison in Russia. Now I've never been to prison anywhere. But I would imagine that Russian prison probably ain't as nice as the United States prison. I don't know if you're getting three hots in a cot. The only benefit that Brittany griner has is she big. So ain't no women gonna be taking advantage of her unless there's some Russian women in there 6 9. And the good thing for Brittany and I'm not trying to be funny, but the good thing for her is that she actually like women. She's attracted to women. She's 31, she's gonna be phony. She's gonna be farted when she get out of there. But she like women. So maybe she won't have too much of a hard time being around a bunch of women. I'm really not trying to be funny, y'all. I mean, we have to have a comedic relief in here somewhere. But man, that's a lot of time. But you know what else is discouraging to me is that she trashed the United States of America. She didn't want to stand for the national anthem.
Why Americans Are Angry at the White House
"If anyone ever wanted to attack America the attack will happen now. We are the most divided that we've been in a very long time. Economically, people are struggling. The morale in our country is at an all time low. All you can do is look at how people view the effectiveness of this current administration and it's historically low. Most people don't believe that Joe Biden is doing the right thing. Most people don't believe that this current administration is actively participating in the best interest of Americans. And then you throw in conflict overseas. Our government is trying to pass a bill through the house, forced this bill of over 700 $700 billion worth of spending. Many economists and people that I've read are saying that this is not a positive thing for America to then push an agenda that raises taxes, which is going to hurt all working class people.
The U.s. Needs to Get Out Away From Endless Wars
"Can somebody explain to me why Nancy Pelosi in the United States government feel that there is a need for us to even attempt to travel to Taiwan? This is the weird part about Democrats that I will never understand. Why do they want to participate in being involved in endless wars? I think it's the Democrats that are pushing in this wars. I think we should have no business of our government giving money to the Ukrainian government. Now I understand that people may want to help out the families that are displaced and different things like that. That makes sense to me, right? We can still be a helping hand to the people that are not responsible and have no real involvement or connection with what their government is doing. But why did Nancy Pelosi feel that it was that important for her to travel to Taiwan?
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
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"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"Is not restricted from that. But we still have no idea when she might be released. Absolutely none. Has the shaken the faith of other WNBA players that they can spend the off season playing in Russia for more money? Is this basically the end of that phenomena? Well, it seems clear that nobody's going back to Russia. One, just, you know, the state of the world. But if somehow there were some resolution and there was something like a normal stable government over there without Vladimir Putin in power, would it happen? It's really hard to say because you just can't imagine that. All you know is that for the time being, Russia is completely off limits. But they're also really needs to be a conversation about who people are getting into business with. The NBA had a an owner of a team that was a Russian oligarch and the English Premier League. There are football teams that are owned by oligarchs or oil money from the Middle East. When you go into business with an oligarch or if you're a player who goes to get a paycheck from oligarch, these are not plucky business people who started a lemonade stand and built it into something. No, they're part of a criminal enterprise, and that's who you're getting into business with. So beyond Russia, there is a larger question to be had in the sports world about.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"Hey folks, it's preet bharara. The former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York. I led that office for over 7 years until I was fired by former president Trump, 5 years ago. Now I host a podcast called stay tuned with preet from cafe and the vox media podcast network. Every Thursday I have long form conversations with the newsmakers, shaping our current moment. And the thinkers who help make sense of it. Politicians, journalists, academics, and activists. People like Adam Schiff, Anita hill, masha gessen, and Daniel kahneman. As a former prosecutor, I focus on questions of justice. That means I dive deep into the war in Ukraine, the threat of climate change, the future of technology. And of course, the legal and political battles that are defining our time, like the investigations into former president Trump, and the fights were voting and reproductive rights. I hope you'll consider listening and subscribing. Just search, stay tuned with pre wherever you get your podcasts. Find slimer for the dark and that's what the sellout crowd is waiting for. They explained we're back with ESPN investigative journalist TJ Quinn and TJ, you've spent the past two months following this Britney grinder's story, but you just mentioned the Trevor Reed story, former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed is back in Texas tonight after his surprise release from a Russian prison camp, part of a secretive high level prisoner swap. Tell us why that story is so important to Britney story. Trevor Reed is crucial to her story. He was former U.S. Marine who had actually worked in president Obama's detail in The White House, his family said that he was over there learning Russian and visiting his girlfriend. And Reed was arrested after a drunken night when officials say that he hit a cop. And Paul Whelan was accused of espionage. Whelan now asking his brother, why was I left behind? Why hasn't more been done to secure my release? Whelan is a corporate security director for a company out of Michigan that does business in Russia. And the U.S. government followed pretty much a similar path of just watching what happened with their cases, not really reacting. They got through their trial, independent observers watched this and determined this is ludicrous. These charges are ridiculous. And so at that point, once they were convicted, the U.S. government started saying they're both wrongfully detained. Trevor Reed started to get sick. He his parents believe that he contracted tuberculosis over there and it was untreated. He looked horrible. He looked like he could hardly walk. He looked like he'd been walking shackled. In fact, when we both saw that video this morning first time we started crying. And you saw a real split in strategy. Paul Whelan's family has been fairly low key about it, but Trevor Reid's parents, both of their own volition and through advice they got were really pushing hard saying we need attention on him, our son is over there may be dying in a Russian prison with his terrible care, finally just last week, a deal was cut where he was sent home in exchange for a Russian pilot who had been convicted in this country of trafficking, pretty much a straight trade. And there was immediate reaction of why can't you get all of them out? What about Paul Whelan? His family was very upset. And the number of people I've spoken to at the State Department said, look, here's what's different about Trevor Reid's case. One, his health. There was an emergency. They had to get him out. But they also really kind of flinched at the idea that it was the public campaign of the reeds that got him out. The people you talk to in states say, hey, look, we've got as much motivation as anybody. Maybe not their families, but we have all the motivation we need to get them out of there. Just personally, politically, ethically. The president is focused on that. And we would say to him, we are going to continue to do everything possible to bring you home. And there's frustration from them that there's not more public trust in what they do. And that is the real conundrum for a lot of these families and for the State Department and I've talked to people around Brittany griner about this. Essentially what they're doing is asking an unbelievably skeptical public to accept that institutions are operating the way they should and the people who run them are acting competently and in good faith. We are just not built to think that anymore, not in this culture in society. So, you know, the people around Brittany that I talked to kept saying, look, no, we have faith in the people who are doing this. We think that they're really doing their best. But they also started to get impatient. And once Trevor Reid came home, that was a big deal to people around Brittany griner because they recognized okay, maybe Britney's case is different, but it means that there is an open channel. You've got two hostile governments that aren't quite at war with each other, but the U.S. is certainly supporting Ukraine. And just the fact that they were able to strike a deal for him gave them a bit of optimism. They didn't have before. You know, hearing Trevor Reid's story and hearing that Russia got something out of detaining him. They got a trade with the United States, a one for one trade. It does sort of make me think again that Brittany griner could be detained, not just because she had some hash oil on her. If she did, but because she is great leverage for Russia against the United States, if they want to trade her for another detained Russian, the reality is it doesn't matter if she did it or not, frankly. You know, if she did, fine, you know, they can still trade for. If she didn't, well, it doesn't matter in the Russian judicial system because if they say she did, she did. The U.S. government says there's absolutely no proof that Paul Whelan committed espionage over there, but the Russians said he did and they convicted him and they've got him in jail. So what's the difference with Brittany griner, what changed at this point was there was some indication that the U.S. government got that there is a deal to be made. And once that happens, it really doesn't matter whether she actually did what they accused her of. And even if she did go over there with vape cartridges and violate Russian law, they still want to try to get her out. So it becomes all about a negotiation. And the sign that was really promising to Brittany griner supporters was it wasn't just that the U.S. government reclassified her as being wrongfully detained. It's that former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson, who is worked for years with his organization privately to negotiate for hostages around the world. They got involved. I think this is a good sign. The Russians actually made this deal right now. Maybe they're sending a signal. Maybe they're ready to talk. I'm not sure. I don't think so. But I think it's good news for Britney and for Paul Whelan. And I'm going to do everything I can to get them out. They were deeply involved in Trevor Reed's case. They're allowed to do things that the U.S. government is not. The government is restrained by U.S. law about what kind of negotiations they can have, who they can talk to, involving third parties and some sort of trade. Bill Richardson is a private citizen.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"There, that it's time to start moving. So mom's the word when everyone finds out, but now here we are almost 80 days later. Do we know what Britney's experience has been? Has she been able to speak out about this publicly? She hasn't at all. The only connection to her has been her representatives to her lawyers. U.S. consular officials were able to visit her back in March and reported that she was okay. What I'm hearing from people around her is that she's good considering. I mean, she's in jail in a foreign country. She doesn't speak the language, supposedly there are people around her who do speak English. She has reading material, the other reports that it was tough to find a bed to fitter, which would make sense. She is 6 foot 9. And that she's doing okay considering. But there's no way to independently verify that. It's tough. BG is us. We are BG, you know, that could have been us. We're really most concerned about her health and safety, especially her mental health. We want her home. Just imagine showing up for the start of a season and the biggest player in the game is not there. You can't just pretend all of a sudden that Babe Ruth or Michael Jordan or somebody just isn't there. And it's been tough for players who wanted to speak out more, but now they know that they have some freedom to start doing that. I think about her every day. And I can't wait till she gets back here with us. And he saw some incremental increase in how much they were talking about her. At the WNBA draft a few weeks ago. She continues to have our full support. First statement out of the commissioner's mouth was about Brittany griner. And certainly we're trying everything we can every angle working through with her legal representation, her agent, elected leaders, the administration, just everybody in our ecosystem to try and find ways to get her home safely and quickly as we can. And then just last week, there was a discussion about putting a decal on the floor of games. The WNBA is honoring grinder with floor decals of her initials, BG, and the number 42 in all of its arenas. And these are all deliberate, it's all strategic to slowly start to ramp up the amount of tension that her case is getting. And the U.S. government is now talking about her too. Well, that was the big change. It's a U.S. government will now negotiate more aggressively to win Britney greiner's release and will not wait for the Russian legal system to play out here. The people around her were just sort of waiting for permission or a sign that now it's time to really start speaking out. A State Department spokesperson saying in a statement they have now determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained griner and that a special presidential envoy for hostage affairs will lead the interagency team for securing her release. When you talk about protests, you got to think about, well, who is it that you're actually protesting? Are you trying to create public pressure against Vladimir Putin? Because that's probably not going to work. This is somebody who launched an invasion united much of the world against him has been hit with the biggest sanctions and geopolitical history. And that didn't change him. So it seems unlikely that a hashtag is going to influence what he does. The real pressure that they want to create is with the U.S. government to try to force The White House and the State Department to make her a priority to cut a deal and get her home. And.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"And maybe a little showtime. The two handed finish she is like nobody who has ever played and then she is dominated every level she's ever been. She's also become kind of a cultural icon as well for her sexuality for her struggles with mental health issues. She's become someone who really is more than an athlete to the people who follow her. She's talked about the struggles she had growing up about standing out the way she did. Always bigger, deeper voice, flat chest, big feet, and I remember I forgot the girl's name, but she came up to me and she was with her friends. She was like, look, she's not a girl and she literally grabbed my chest and like had like patted me like that. I was like, look, I was so embarrassed. I mean, one thing about her is there's never been a room that she's walked into where she was not the absolute center of attention. She's 6 foot 9, so her whole life has been people staring at her, sort of picking her apart and she has talked about the anger and frustration that built up and what a release basketball became for her. She was the best high school player in the country. She got a sign with Baylor, won a national title there. All American, the number one overall draft pick in the WNBA when she went professional, perennial, all star. I mean, what stands out is her size and she plays a sort of physical dominant game, both defensively and offensively that stand out, but she also she dunks in games, which is not common in the WNBA. Or just roll perfectly slam dunk Brittany grinder you know, you watch her and it's just a skill in her game that's beyond just the sheer size she has. So it's fair to say that she's one of the best players in the WNBA. One of the best players in basketball history. What is one of the best players in basketball history doing in Russia? The women who play in the WNBA, which is the highest level of basketball played in that sport, can only make a few $100,000 at the most. There's a hard salary cap for what they can make. There are limited marketing opportunities for women who play professional basketball, but in Russia, like as in a number of countries in Europe and the Middle East, she's able to make more than a $1 million playing for one of the teams there, that's owned by oligarchs. So there's this long history of WNBA players making something that'd be a good salary for most people, but really low for someone of their skill. Going to Russia, turkey, where they make much higher salaries. And so she has been spending her off season, making three, four, sometimes 5 times the salary she could make in the U.S. by playing in Russia. I didn't become aware of it until my junior and senior year in college and I started to realize that the WNBA doesn't make as much money as people assume as much as we assume. I didn't know coming in as a rookie. It was only going to make $40,000. By the way, it's not just the money. It's the way they were treated over there. I mean, they get the full treatment they get private jets. Every need is attended to, you feel less like an employee and more like a star. And you can see why that would be attractive. So it sounds like there hasn't been any question about safety concerns. I don't recall anybody really raising safety concerns. And I think one reason is when you are going over there under the protection of an oligarch, it is the equivalent of walking into a neighborhood when the local crime boss says, you know, so and so is okay. No one's going to touch you. And that really is how the oligarch system works in Russia. So let's talk about how Brittany griner ends up being detained in Russia. Where does that story start? That starts February 17th when she flew over there as she has many times and landed at the airport outside of Moscow. You watching the video that customs officials released and she's just going through the baggage check like normal and then she gets pulled out of the line. What happens after that is in dispute. Authorities say griner was taken into custody at the Moscow airport in February. Customs agents allegedly found vapes with liquid cannabis or hash oil in her carry on which is illegal substance in Russia. She actually has not said one way or the other or nor have a representatives. And from that time on, she was in custody, but there was no attention to it in this country. Russia didn't announce it, they kept it very low profiling. Her representatives were almost immediately in contact with the U.S. State Department. And the advice that the State Department gave them was look, you need to keep a low profile right now. There are two directions this can go. Russia has nominally at least a criminal justice system. It is, I think, quite demonstrably corrupt. And subject to the rule of one man, Vladimir Putin and his government, but there is one and it does operate. And until they have some idea of how she's being treated, it's better for you to keep a low profile because the other path is if she becomes too valuable. If there's a ton of attention to her, well then she's a potential asset to Putin and his government for something that they want to trade for. And that was not the road you wanted to be on. They followed the State Department's advice and kept a very low profile until about three weeks later in early March, Russian customs officials did announce it in this country. We heard about it. I think first The New York Times, that she had been detained. And then there was this immediate response over here. Wait a second. How can one of the world's best athletes have been in detention for more than two weeks and nobody knew about it? That was intentional. They really wanted to keep a low profile. She's got lawyers over there trying to see, can we work this out through the criminal justice system? And then when you had a number of members of Congress and prominent athletes, you know, raising the issue of, if this were a male athlete, if this was LeBron James or somebody, people would be going out of their minds. But in this one case, the people who support Brittany griner, lament the inequities in women's sports in this country, but here's where to their advantage because they felt like, okay, let's just, let's keep quiet as long as we can. See if we can work this out because if she becomes essentially a hostage to Putin, then you're in a whole new world. As I recall, because this was happening so close to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it felt like Russia maybe was trying to get a little leverage on the United States. Potentially, by detaining this star athlete for having hashish oil on her. It's entirely possible, and people who follow Russia immediately thought of the fact that there is a well established history of Russian law enforcement planning drugs on people in order to arrest them. This is what they do. And even though the war hadn't started the invasion hadn't started yet in February 17th, they knew it was coming. So for those inclined to think this was a setup, the pieces were there. There's Russia's history of doing that. The fact that she's high profile, easily identifiable, the fact that she's also a 6 foot 9 black lesbian, which in Putin's Russia is a warning to all good Russian mothers look what will happen to your children if you liberalize like the west, they knew that the motivation was there and that she was potentially a chit to trade for something if they wanted it. But there are also a number of people who said, well, wait a second. They're not making a big deal out of this. They arrested her. It's entirely possible that she did do it. And just because they're politicizing it or they may be willing to trade for her doesn't mean that necessarily she didn't actually commit the crime. She was she was accused of, who knows. But what's become clear to the U.S. government at some point is that Russia is open for business. And that they don't need to wait a year for her to go to trial. You can hold someone pretrial detention for a year over.
"brittney griner" Discussed on The Lead
"Geopolitical negotiations. I met him once in the Clinton administration when he first came in. I don't think he has the edge, but he's clearly been very unhelpful to the United States. He very crafty guy. He hasn't played it straight, but he's, you know, he's somebody that he's a big player here. And when I asked Tom firestone about those two guys, you know, he made it clear that they wouldn't have gotten to where they are today if they were not exceptionally good at what they do. They're obviously both well respected. I mean, karstens would not have been appointed to that position. Unless there was great confidence in him and his ability to resolve these highly sensitive matters. Of karstens is obviously involved in the Reed case and successfully got mister readout. Richardson's has been involved in a number of these situations, you know, readers out. So I think that speaks well for both of them. There will, of course, be other people involved as well, but overall it looks like this very high powered team will not be giving Britney grinder's case a lot of attention. And so overall, this feels like a very positive development. It definitely seems like it, as Tom firestone pointed out, the U.S. government probably wouldn't have made this change in approach or announced a publicly if they didn't have some degree of confidence that they'll be able to get Brittany grinder out. When they make this statement, they are basically raising the profile of the case. They're drawing public attention to it. So it puts more pressure on them, self created pressure to do something to get her out. So it will hopefully succeed. And, you know, considering where things stand with U.S. Russian relations at the moment with all the sanctions over the war in Ukraine with talk about nuclear war, the fact that the two sides seem willing to talk and to negotiate at all is definitely a positive sign for Brittany griner as well. I had previously been very pessimistic about the ability of the U.S. government to do anything given the current political situation. But look, the result in the Reed case speaks for itself. He is now a free man a month ago. He was not. So I think that that's encouraging that they are getting behind this case in this way. Wanders, thanks for digging into this and breaking it all down for us. My pleasure tip. Coming up, what to watch for when Brittany griner team, the Phoenix mercury, and other teams around the WNBA, begin the season this weekend. We get support from whoop, the world's most powerful personalized digital fitness and health coach. 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The thing with the mercury is there's so top heavy that the regular season is just perennially a slog for Phoenix because they invest so much of their cap into superstars that it's hard to have the depth to fill out for a full regular season. And I think we saw that last year too when they finished 5th and then made the run to the WNBA finals. So with or without grinder, I wouldn't expect this team to have a ton of regular season success. I'm a little concerned just defensively, you know, Britney's a huge force in the middle and deters a lot of shots. So as far as the mercury concerned, I think they're going to be like super high powered offensively. You know, any time you can combine scholarly and smith's tarazi and Dina Charles, that's a lot of scoring power, but I do worry a little bit about their defense. I think on the whole it's gonna be like a slightly average above average team during the regular season not to say that that can't change during the playoffs, obviously, but I wouldn't expect them to be lighting the doors on fire, you know, during the 36 games to start the era. This is Diana chassis's 18th season. And I mean, 18 seasons is insane to me. So what can we expect from her? I think we're going to see some load management from Diana tarazi, like I wouldn't expect her to play more than 28 games, you know, just to be conservative in terms of preparing for the playoffs and then also because this is a shorter regular season given the fact that the WWE has to finish in time for the World Cup, which is happening in September. So I don't think this is like an all WNBA season that we should be expecting from Diana Ross. I think she'll look really great sometimes and then some nights it'll look like she's in her 18th WBC's and then four years old and probably unable to summon it all the time. But I'm just excited to watch her play because when she's going, there's literally nobody in the link that's more fun to watch than to try. Definitely. Now you mentioned this a little bit before, but Phoenix just missed claiming their fourth WNBA championship last year losing to the Chicago sky in the finals. So let's now talk about last year's champion. The sky are led by hometown hero Candace Parker, and this is a team that seemed to come out of nowhere to win that title. So do they have what it takes to repeat? Well, nobody in the WNBA has repeated in 20 years. The last team to do it was the Los Angeles sparks in 2001 and 2002. And even though I think Chicago has probably the most talented team in the WNBA this year or at least among the top one or two most talented teams, it's just hard to bet on that repeats through ending just because there's so many factors that go into whether a team is going to be peaking at the right time and Chicago, like you mentioned, you know, they finished the regular season 16 and 16 last year and then just played their best.
"brittney griner" Discussed on The Lead
"This is an unimaginable situation for BG to be in. We know she's safe. But we want to get her home. That's WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert talking about American basketball star Brittany griner a few weeks ago. Griner has now been in the custody of Russian authorities for more than two months. But after some big developments this week, including the release of another American prisoner, there's new reason to be hopeful. We hope that our story can offer them some hope and we also want to let them know that we're not going to stop fighting for their loved ones to be returned as well. Plus, with the WNBA season set to tip off this week, we look ahead at the teams and storylines to follow. From wondering, I'm Tiffany ashinsky. It's Wednesday, may 4th, and this is the lead. Co host Anders kelto, you're back in the report cherry again today. That's right, if the water is warm here, on the other side of the desk. So I figured I'd just stay in it for another week and do a little more reporting. But this time it's obviously on a much more serious topic. Right. Well, on that note, we're here today to talk about American basketball star Brittany griner, who, as we mentioned in the intro, has been in Russian custody for more than two months now. And there have been some big developments in her case that I want to get to. But first, can you just remind us how we got to this present moment? Yeah, so this all started back on March 5th. We are closely monitoring the situation of Brittany griner, the WNBA star who's been detained rather in Russia on drug charges. That's when we first learned through a press release from Russian state media that an American woman had been detained at a Russian airport, the state media also released security footage of that woman at a baggage checkpoint, and it was pretty clear that this was Brittany griner. You know, she's hard to mistake at 6 foot 9 and with dreadlocks. After scanning her bag, the officers noticed vapes and they say they found cartridges containing liquid hash oil or cannabis oil, which is a narcotic substance, and they go on to say a criminal case was initiated against this citizen. That same day her wife sherrell posted on Instagram essentially confirming that Britney was, in fact, still in Russia and asking for privacy. And it turns out griner had actually been detained about two weeks before that Russian press release came out. So by the time any of us learned what was happening with her, you know, she'd already been in Russian custody for quite a while. The press release claimed that she had cartridges of cannabis oil. What do we know about the potential punishment for something like that in Russia? Yeah, so Russia is known for having particularly harsh drug laws, one expert I spoke with said that the amount that she is alleged to have possessed is considered significant, which is sort of an in between category. Not the lowest, not the highest, but it can carry a sentence of 5 to ten years in prison in Russia. So yeah, if this case were to proceed within the Russian courts, it could potentially lead to a very serious sentence. And since the news about Britney grinder's detainment came out, what in your view has been the public reaction? What has the conversation around her been like? So from my perspective, the reaction has been this strange combination of people talking about her case and not talking about it. So for example, we saw some politicians come forward pretty quickly to champion her cause, including congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents grinder's home city of Houston. At this time, to really stop harassing U.S. citizens for more importantly to release those that are there, please. Allow just wanted to safely leave Hillary Clinton tweeted free Britney at one point. We also heard from grinder's old high school basketball coach, a woman named Debbie Jackson, who spoke with a local news station about the situation and questioned the validity of the charges. Did Britney do this? Or is she a political pond? Was it planted? Because that just didn't make any sense to me at all. But we really weren't hearing anything from Brittany greiner's family from the WNBA or from the government early on. And honestly, we weren't hearing that much about her in the media either. I mean, her story was definitely getting coverage, but it wasn't the kind of coverage that you might expect for an athlete of her status, right? She's a two time Olympic gold medalist, a 7 time WNBA all star. And so a lot of the conversation early on shifted to, well, why aren't we talking about Brittany griner? Does it have to do with the fact that she's a woman or the fact that she's a black openly gay woman? And I mean, that's an understandable line of thinking, right? Just do the mental exercise here. What if LeBron James or Kevin Durant had been detained and was being held in a Russian detainment facility? It's hard to believe that wouldn't have turned into a media frenzy. But here's the thing. The lack of public attention is exactly what her family and those working on her behalf wanted early on. You know, there's a reason we first learned about her detainment from a Russian state media press release and not from her family. WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert later confirmed that the strategy early on was to quote say less and push more privately behind the scenes. And the idea of keeping things as low profile as possible, that was because they felt more attention could actually hurt her cause or jeopardize her safety. Exactly. Her team was working to find a solution before her detainment became public. You know, maybe hoping the Russian government didn't yet realize who she was. But even if they did know who she was, more media attention, could complicate efforts to have her release, or at least that was the thinking, you know, if there was nonstop media coverage and people out in the streets demanding her release, that might make the Russian government feel like they have more leverage or political capital in negotiations, right? And going back to this idea of a relative media silence, I also know from conversations with some other journalists that some media outlets were following a no Britney grinder coverage approach. Out of respect to her and her safety. Yeah, I remember we had this exact discussion a few weeks ago in a staff meeting. Right, but as you know, if there's now been a shift in the approach of Brittany greiner's team, one sign of that happened about three weeks ago when the president of the WNBA players union went on Good Morning America to talk about Brittany grinder's detainment. Can you just give us a sense of the mood amongst your fellow WNBA players about the detainment? Sure no, thank you so much for having me and as you, as you mentioned, you know, it's tough. BG is us. We are BG, you know, that could have been us. This wasn't a plea to go in the streets and protests or anything like that. More used it as an opportunity to talk about how much WNBA players get paid and why they go to places like Russia to play basketball in the first place. But there was definitely a shift in her tone and her messaging. Given the nature of Britney situation, when it happened, it was very important for us to be intentional about doing the best thing to ensure that we don't compromise her coming home. And so a lot of that had to do with educating ourselves about the, you know, the details of what was going on as much as we could know. And around that same time, we also heard WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"These generations. And so what you're describing TJ to be blunt again here is another paradox. This is a progressive cause in theory, women's sports being funded dramatically by people who are complicit in an autocratic regime. Yeah, progressive in this case is in the eye of the beholder. The oligarchs who run these teams and pay these salaries. I don't think they're in it for the cause. The economics of it are such that both in terms of money and in terms of social capital that they place great value in these teams they own and the success of those teams and they're willing to pay a ton of money to do it. And what those athletes now are going to have to confront is the same question that the English Premier League and the NBA have to confront right now. You know, you had a Russian oligarch, Mikhail prakaram, who owned the nets until a couple of years ago. And it's a huge fight in the UK right now with the Brahma vich being forced to sell Chelsea, one of the, you know, one of the great franchises in that country's history is in utter chaos because of it. And people know where oligarchs get their money. These are, you know, these are not stupid people running these organizations. They could Google and figure out how all the guards get rich and who supports them. But they were willing to live with it because the money was so good. And that falls on the athletes too is if you're taking the check and you like the money and you like the attention and maybe there's good reason socially to do it. But this is who you're getting into business with. Well, TJ, I do wonder now if we are at a turning point, a real one because of the invasion of Ukraine because of the reckoning out in the cold light of day that you're describing that maybe this isn't a side job that people are going to eagerly sign up for despite the benefits financial and lifestyle that you've described. Like where are the WNBA players besides Brittany griner now? Where are they geographically at this point who usually play in Russia? Well, a lot of them are home. Others are going to be looking at teams in Italy and Israel and turkey. Look, with all those countries, there are hot button geopolitical issues without a doubt. And if anybody, I don't care what sport it is, men's women's U.S. UK, Russia, the way some owners make their money. People are going to have.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"Need to trust the institutions who are working here. And the year 2022, that ain't easy. Trust The White House, trust the WNBA, trust the NBA. You know, we are not in a place in our culture where people are prepared to do that. No matter who's telling us. You've got members of Congress out of Texas. You've got Sheila Jackson Lee and Colin allred, who are both democratic congresspersons in Texas. They are out there trying to raise the alarm. At the same time, you've got the United States Secretary of State, Anthony blinken, who, when he was asked about it specifically, did not use Brittany grinder's name. With regard to the individual you mentioned, there's only so much I can say given privacy considerations at this point. Let me just say more generally whenever an American is detained anywhere in the world, we of course stand ready to provide every possible assistance. And that includes in Russia. And that seemed pretty obviously deliberate that he knows if someone of his stature says it all of a sudden that's something somebody can, you know, that can go viral in Russia. We have an embassy team that's working on the cases of other Americans who are detained in Russia. We're doing everything we can to see to it that their rights are a problem respected. I've asked the people around Brittany, is she safe? And when I asked that question, you know, what I was told was, well, we feel there's a commitment to ensuring her safety. And it's very deliberately vague statement. But what I'm told is that they are comfortable with the engagement of The White House and the State Department and that they are not comfortable with what they're hearing from members of Congress. And so Britney greiner's wife, you know, the person closest to her, what has she said publicly if anything? Not much, she had an Instagram post a couple days after that story broke in the times and just said it was tough, but since then, she hasn't, she hasn't said anything publicly. So people close to grinder, tell me that on just this past Friday, there was a meeting with people from the WNBA from the union, Brittany grinders representatives and her wife and trying to get that message across that there is a strategy in play and that they feel it's the best one. That's the paradox. How do you spread the word that you got to be careful about spreading the word? Yeah, TJ, the question of how do you talk about a story that's worth talking about while the people involved in the story desperately don't want you to talk about it so that the story can finally actually be resolved, raises another question, which is how is it that Brittany griner and women's basketball in general.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"And so the charges that she faces now, TJ, what are they and what do they suggest about how Russia punishes narcotics? She is charged with illegally trying to get illegal narcotics through a customs border. They took those cartridges to be tested, Russian officials say that they contained hashish oil, we don't have any independent confirmation of that, but that's what she's charged with. That has a potential sentence of 7 to ten years in Russia. They have drug laws that were similar to the ones in this country. Up until the start of the 21st century. There is a strong antidrug culture in Russia that is reminiscent of the 1980s here. And just to be clear here, TJ, we're saying hashish oil because the formal charges say that, I've seen other stories that use the term cannabis, hashish oil in any event is indeed a marijuana concentrate and regardless of the form here, the important thing really is just how strict Russia's policy is for anything. Marijuana related, right? Compared to the United States, that's a thing that Vladimir Putin often points to. It's something that Putin and his government have long said, we're intolerant of this, the decadent west with their liberalization and they've latched onto the word woke. That this is what it leads to. Your kids will be doing drugs. So it's not a minor cultural issue over there. If they determine that she has a significant amount, which the statute defines as more than 2.5 grams for those of us not raised in metric that is very little. Then she's facing ten to 20 years. Wow, DJ. I mean, ten to 20 years. In prison is on the table for Brittany griner. Yeah, I mean, those numbers are real. And in a normal situation, you would think if you trust due process, you would think, all right, how could she possibly end up with that? But that's the problem with Russia. They have a criminal justice system that works at a certain level. And there is due process, but there are other elements that mean if somebody suddenly decides they're going to make her an international example, then there is nothing the U.S. could government could do to stop it. TJ, so I saw this video that Russia's custom service had released that you alluded to. And one basic question about that, that's worth asking, is why was Brittany griner entering Russia as talk of war was heating up as everything that's going on in the world right now is unfolding. I would imagine that people may be assumed that she was leaving Russia to come back to the states, but no, it's the other way around. A couple of reasons. One, she plays there. And there's been a fair amount of attention to the fact that WNBA players, the best players in the world, the.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily